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The Aces on Bridge: Thursday, March 17th, 2022


A V Ramana RaoMarch 31st, 2022 at 1:30 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
After such strong bidding by NS, west found the aggressive lead from his tenace perhaps only lead to pose any problem for declarer. Certainly needs nerve and of course on any other lead, south can claim twelve tricks

bobbywolffMarch 31st, 2022 at 7:26 pm


Well said! However, a major theme to which has been framed, is that the same science during the bidding which greatly enhances that partnership reaching the right final percentage contract, also lionizes the defense to find the best defense to it, almost always starting with the best opening lead.

Here, it certainly influenced the diamond lead, but, after all, the above is only the fallout which has become expected, especially when strength plays against strength.

It does however, also favor the natural players who, in addition to being excellent players, are also endowed with natural ability to “feel” (for want of a better word) and sometimes avoid allowing worthy opponents enough information to present a more difficult task to success.

The above is not often discussed, similar to great sports figures (strong as an ox, fast as a rabbit, slippery as an eel) added to the learning the great coaches depart to their players.

It takes several assets to be among those in bridge, mainly alertness, arithmetic prowess, card combinations and common competitive instincts, but in my opinion, all those are secondary to the experience of playing against “top” players and understand their complexities.

In any event, we are all, or almost all, blessed that bridge, one way or another, has come into our lives.

Continued thanks for your talent of jumping to the crucial information needed to become a formidable opponent.

Iain ClimieMarch 31st, 2022 at 9:45 pm

Hi Bobby,

On BWTA at pairs, BAM or in dire need of a swing, is there any case for starting with a sandbagging 3S? The 3D is presumably forcing soit is unlikely to get passed out and you can improvise on the next round with the aim of getting doubled and maybe troubling at the 5 or 6 level. It would need an understanding partner and team mates of course.



bobbywolffApril 1st, 2022 at 1:42 am

Hi Iain,

Obviously, there is nothing wrong for South to merely “sandbag” a 3 spade only bid with his first adventure.

Two things against it would be that it would (might) go all pass and/or partner will take note and sometime in the future refer back to when you so did it, so don’t blame him. And do so even if your now bid met with great success with something by you doubled by the opponents later and, of course, scored up.

However, escapades like you suggest can be great fun and believe it or not, thought to be excellent bridge (poker like) but if intended to be often done, do not expect to not be “roasted” more often than desired.

None of the above is designed to be negative, but to deny it likely to happen could be thought to be “ostrich like”.